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USPTO invalidates Apple's "rubber-banding" patent asserted against Samsung (appleinsider.com)
216 points by srathi on Oct 23, 2012 | hide | past | favorite | 85 comments

This just helps illustrate the absurdity of the US patent system. Samsung and Apple have already been at this for over a year and a half (longer if you count their pre-lawsuit discussions).

Now, after we've been through lawsuit filings, discovery, back-and-forth over injunctions and a trial and gotten a verdict... The patent office turns around and says: "On second thought, we shouldn't have issued that patent in the first place.", which itself will be reexamined and appealed and ... adding onto the existing pile of appeals.

I happen to think that the patent office's invalidation is correct, but even if you don't... this is no way to run a railroad. Successful reexaminations should be a rare, exceptional case in a properly functioning patent system. Instead, we have case after case turning on them (Oracle v Google, the Lodys reexamination requests, ...).

Here's a radical idea: Maybe the patent office should work harder to not grant patents it is likely to invalidate later.

> The USPTO does not receive any funding from general taxation sources. Rather, the agency is fully funded by the fees paid by patent applicants and patent owners.

This is probably a big part of why the USPTO sucks. If they had the resources to hire dozens and dozens of industry experts, and pay them aggressively competitive wages, they could probably fix most of the problems most of us have with the system as a whole.

This is why I like the idea (from someone around here I think) that patent owners should state a value of the patent when filing, and fees should be a percent of that value. Then value of patent limits maximum damage for infringement. So the amount of damages that can be sued for depends on the amount of funded attention at USPTO on checking the patent is valid (and patent owners could have the option of increasing stated value later, in which case extra fees would be used to revalidate patent). But I guess the whole culture that the number of patents = amount of innovation in economy = success of USPTO would have to be battled.

> that patent owners should state a value of the patent when filing, and fees should be a percent of that value.

In that system, only huge corporations will be able to afford to file patents that are worth anything. Everyone else gets screwed.

Are you referring to this comment of mine?

"So I had an idea the other day for a patent reform: property tax on patents.

As long as a company wants to keep the monopoly rights over a patented invention, they are taxed a percentage of the patent's market value each year. They can choose either to pay that tax or sell the patent to someone else.

The government would offer to buy any patent for its market value, using tax revenue gathered from other patents, in doing so putting the invention into the public domain.

This would discourage companies from building large 'defensive' patent portfolios, since they'd be expensive to maintain. It works for the 'lone inventor' scenario too, since the market value of a new, untried invention would be low.

Once a patent's value is proven by developing the patent, its value will rise. At some point, the benefit derived from the patent's monopoly rights will no longer be worth the cost, and the rational thing to do is sell the invention."


possibly, doesn't seem to be exactly like I remember but is quite possibly my memory fail. Although it's not clear in your comment where the market value comes from (e.g. is it essentially the government is the market maker? that seems like a bad idea as central authority is unlikely to understand and price everything correctly). What stops people from understating the patent value?

EDIT - I guess main point is - is the patent value declared by owner and does the value affect ability to litigate?

One way you may be able to do it is to make patents always available for sale at their declared value. By declaring a patent's value, anyone (including the government itself) can offer to buy it from you for that amount of money. You must then either accept the offer, or block the sale by increasing its value beyond what the other party is willing to pay.

I'm sure it wouldn't be unlike assessors for home value property tax. A bit trickier, but I'm sure it's doable.

That also completely screws the little guy, which is one of the big reasons the USPTO is said to exist.

I would also love to have 1 sq mile of land in downtown Manhattan on which to develop a high-rise.

But I'm just a little guy. The darn property tax system is set out to screw me.

This is really the whole reason that corporations were invented: so that people could pool their resources together to achieve things that a single person could not achieve. In fact, they used to just be temporary and when the original stated project on the charter was complete then the corporation disbanded.

If a little guy company wants to own a patent under this scheme either a) they have to file the patent with a lower value so they can make the annual "property tax" but that may cap their wins in the future if it's infringed on. or b) get funding from investors to make the property tax payments. Or c) sell or license the patent to a larger entity that could benefit from it. In the case of (c) if it's truly as valuable as they say it is to the patent office then they should be able to find a suitable buyer.

Flat capped taxes on things produce market inefficiencies such as you see in the domain name arena: It costs very little to hold onto things that might be valuable one day. If instead there was a sliding scale to renew a domain based on it's value then you wouldn't really see domain squatters. They'd be forced to sell their domains to someone that could make more productive use out of the resource. Same with land and property taxes. And maybe the same for patents? I kind of like this idea.

@andrewcooke: There is an analogous situation to property taxes though -- Rezoning a property. If you can acquire land zoned for something cheaper like residential or agriculture and get the city to re-zone it to commercial it's almost always worth a lot more. Overnight the property is worth a lot more and the property taxes will jump, so you'll either need to get the money to develop it yourself or sell it off to a developer who can do so.

And as far as the cost of entry, there are countless fields where patents could only conceivably be filed by someone with a lot of capital: auto, aerospace, medical, pharma, etc. There are certainly lone inventors working in these spaces trying to file patents but it's unlikely they're working on stuff where you need access to enormous wind tunnels or a medical testing population.

EDIT TO ADD: And aren't we as software developers going on and on about how software patents are worth anything? The cost of entry isn't very high at all and therefore they'd be worthless. Patents were supposed to protect the little guy from losing his large up-front research and development costs to the big established guys.

Patents were supposed to protect the little guy from losing his large up-front research and development costs to the big established guys.

I always understood the purpose of patents was to provide incentive to bring trade secrets out into the documented open for the long-term benefit of society by having a great body of knowledge that anyone can use. So understanding of great inventions didn't disappear with the inventor. A short-term exclusivity on using the technology was the way to provide renumeration for being willing to share your discoveries with the public.

Rubber band scrolling is a cute, even useful, discovery, but it seems like it could be duplicated by just about anyone without any knowledge of what would otherwise be trade secrets. Is that worth documenting for future generations in this way given the high social costs of taking such documentation?

Hmm, my comments don't really reflect this, but I agree with you. I think the end result of a system like this would be that software patents would be next-to-nothing worthless and people just wouldn't bother, except perhaps in the cases of truly innovative works of software (I can't even think of any worth patenting right now...).

Would Apple really file their rubber-band scrolling patent at a value of $1bil, then pay some multiple of that per year when it's so easily avoided by their competitors? Probably not.

And if they do then more power to them. But it would put an upper bound of the amount of silly patents that a single large company could file and maintain (think IBM, MSFT, Apple, etc). Right now it costs a company hardly nothing to file all these and maintain them but they have a huge potential upside if your competitor steps on that patent landmine.

a little guy can't buy a plot of land in manhattan, so you're not comparing like with like: it's not the taxes that stop you from buying land in manhattan, it's the original cost of entry.

there isn't the same cost of entry for having a good idea.

We're talking in the context of a court case involving two enormous multinational corporations going at it for over a year and a half with probably another half-year to go, minimum. The "little guy" can't even afford to sit in the bleachers of this fight. If some "little guy" actually had filed these patents he'd have been bankrupt a year ago.

There's probably a patent regime that actually would protect "the little guy" but it's long past time to let the USPTO wear that fig leaf over the current system. (Which is to say, I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm more saying, your point is inapplicable. And that's a shame.)

I don't think there is any basis for your assertion that patents don't protect the little guy. I worked for two small companies that had, used, and licensed patents on their key technologies. These technologies took us millions of dollars and years to develop, and were our way of competing with companies that could out-manufacture us, but not beat us at the R&D game.

If you had to pay up front on the "value" of the idea, a little guy (be it a solo person or small company) could never file a truly novel patent. That would be even worse than the system now where you could patent it but not afford to litigate (but you would be able to sell it or if it's a great case find someone to take it on contingency).

In my mind, the little guy would patent with a small declared value - so on the downside they wouldn't be able to litigate for large amounts. But they would have a defensive patent, and that patent would also have value for larger acquiring companies because if they believed in the validity of the patent they could apply for revaluing at higher price (at which point there would be extra funding to make sure it is valid).

If it's not a valuable patent then big players won't respect it (cheap to litigate) and who will want to acquire it? You'll just be run over.

Yes, while it's low-valued it's not much of a deterrent to big players which is a disadvantage (depending on how often small players realistically can afford to challenge the big players legally under current system).

But by defensive usage I mean then at least you know someone else isn't going to patent your key stuff. And once you've got funding/get acquired, the patent could be declared as higher value (and additional fees paid/validation done), and then future litigation to anyone who infringed after that date could be for higher amount.

I have suggested this before and will do so again:

Just like ROTC, Department of Education can create an Engineering Corps that allows tech students that receive government loans to pay back their debt in form of service.

I'm generally all for anything that involves government paying for college, but I don't think you're solving the problem in this case. The problem is that good engineers are expensive. Median base pay is what, about $90-100K? Which the patent office isn't willing to pay.

What you're saying is, de facto, that they should pay examiners more -- enough to be competitive with that -- in the form of student loan repayment. But then where does the money come from, and if it's available then why not reduce turnover by just paying examiners that much whether they have student loans or not?

I'm not talking about employment. It is the 21st century for God's sake, and we have the internet. )) For example, USPTO can setup a review system in cooperation with the top tier schools. Students can serve their country while they are earning their degree.

The patent system can be made more reasonable if we address the problem of bogus patents issued by an overwhelmed USPTO. This would be a step in the right direction.

All that said, if tech heads aren't willing to serve their country, even for a one lousy year, they really should stop complaining about the broken services.

Except one of the claims that I've seen about the US patent examiners is that US patent examiners are likely to leave after only a few years, whereas the EU patent examiners are far more likely to be lifers. Bringing in a ton more people with no experience would only make that much worse.

Or we could just let them keep all the money they collect in fees, and let them set the fees at a level that would let them afford to do a good job.

No, that won't work - the USPTO is already a profit center, so why aren't they doing a better job right now?

Being paid more to approve more patents is a perverse incentive so egregious it's incredible the system was setup like it was.

No matter what the fees are, decreasing the percentage of patents granted will effectively cut the budget of the agency. Even upper management that is sympathetic to the cause of increasing patent quality is going to find raising standards very painful.

Their budget needs to be completely decoupled from their revenue.

Nah, they're just doing it wrong. Let it work like this: You file a patent application, you pay all the fees you'll ever pay to the patent office, up front. No refunds if your patent is not approved, and the number of appeals/filings/whatever is limited to prevent large corporations from throwing lawyers at denials until they're approved.

Then they have an incentive for more applications, but little perverse incentive to approve them.

Of course, if they get a reputation for denying spurious claims then they won't get as many applications from spurious applicants, but that's true regardless of their funding source -- you can't produce a sensible budget without considering the number of applications they're expected to process. If the PTO's goal is budget maximization then they'll want to maximize the number of applications, which means providing incentives (in the form of low standards for patentability) for applicants to file more applications. You can't really fix that without creating some powerful incentives for not approving bad patents, like fining the head of the PTO $100K personally for every patent the PTO approved and the courts have to invalidate.

This is rediculous if true. Clearly, patents are important public policy. They should be funded as such, and if need be, taxes from profits of patent-holding companies should be dedicated to the USPTO. Taxes from fees (1) dont scale; and (2) are orders of magnitude off the economic impact, so any distortion from bad decisions is also.

I'd love to see some sort of punitive damages if a patent you sued over gets invalidated. At a minimum, Apple should need to compensate a portion of Samsung's legal fees.

Even if you stand against the current patent system, it's how it works right now, so that suggestion is a little bit of blaming the victim. Apple were told that they have a valid patent by the office which makes those determinations. How are they to blame for accepting grant of the patent?

Apple knows as well as we do how broken the patent system is—and they take advantage of that brokenness.

In no way are they a "victim."

I don't think that makes sense. It's not Apple's fault that the US patent office granted the patent. Just because they changed their minds doesn't mean Apple is responsible. If anything, the US patent office should compensate both Samsung and Apple for essentially wasted legal fees.

Disagree, it actually may make sense. The office is overwhelmed with patents and does not have the resources or people that are experts in that particular field. The author of the patent is supposed to be the world's best expert in their field (they are claiming to have crossed the boundary of known things with their patent, aren't they?) and it should be far easier for them actually check if there is prior art or the patented thing is actually not obvious to anyone, who is explained the problem that it is supposed to solve. Many low quality patents are filled and there is no risk in filling them. There should be a risk and a penalty for misusing the system.

This is my thinking. The guys pursuing these patent cases typically are well aware that their patents are not non-obvious, and quite often aren't even novel. Lodsys is my typical whipping boy; if they weren't shocked that "click for upgrade" got through the patent office, it's only due to their familiarity with patent trolling. They should suffer damages for using a ridiculous patent in the first place, and they should pay the court costs for the defendants. I'd like there to be an "invalidation with prejudice" that would allow this, if the court decides that the patent is outrageously improper. I think that would both discourage trolling and encourage defending against obviously invalid patents. Otherwise, it's almost always better (economically) to suffer the extortion than to try and fight it.

Well, that depends. If the patent was found to not be valid because of invalid intent by the "inventor" (such as known prior art, knowingly stealing an idea, knowingly patenting something that's unpatentable), it actually is the inventors fault... When submitting a patent, the inventor must sign an oath indicating these (and other) things:

> The inventor must make an oath or declaration that he/she believes himself/herself to be the original and first inventor of the subject matter of the application, and he/she must make various other statements required by law and various statements required by the USPTO rules.

Now, it would be VERY difficult to prove the oath was broken. But if it was, it's completely and 100% valid to hold the inventor (here Apple) responsible.

I'm not saying that's what's going on here (or in most cases of an overturned patent), just that it may be Apple's fault. It's not a black and white situation here...

I am not sure about legal fees, but at the very least, I think it's only fair for US patent office to refund patent fees for invalidated patents. Won't happen though.

Unfortunately I just don't see the motivation for them to not issue patents... maybe Samsung should sue them for essentially giving Apple the ammunition to put them through the year or so.

I presume that that's not possible, but still, maybe it would give their collective heads a shake.

If nothing else, delay all court proceedings until any contested patents have been reviewed.

"Successful reexaminations should be a rare, exceptional case in a properly functioning patent system."

Unfortunately some 70% of reexaminations are confirmed to have some sort of issues. This is very shaky ground to be used to routinely afford millions/billions in damages and effectively "lock up" ideas that are obvious or unpatentable.

edit: add source http://ptolitigationcenter.com/essentials/common-questions/#...

Perhaps you are right but it is much better to have the reexamination process than not to have it. There were too many computer programming patents too easily granted in the nineties and the 00s. That is a fact it already happened so saying "it would be better if this hadnt happened" is completely pointless now.

It is a good thing that a reexamination process exists to address bad patents when they are the focus of an expensive lawsuit.

The rubber-band patent was also the patent asserted to make Motorola Mobility recall their phones in Germany. I don't know how these things work, is the patent invalid in Europe now, or must it be investigated separately? Either way I'm guessing this will help their appeal.


Makes no difference in the EU.

Some procedural observations:

1. The rejection was signed by a primary examiner (i.e., someone who has been at the USPTO for awhile and not a rookie) and was approved by a supervisory primary examiner who oversees reexamination proceedings.

2. The rejection is not final (see the unchecked box b near the top of the first page), therefore Apple can and will try to get the examiner to withdraw the rejection.

3. The rejection states that the next "Office action" is expected to be final. I would guess that unless Apple can make a compelling case for patentability OR amend claim 19 --- the only claim at issue in the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit --- to get around the prior-art rejection, the rejection of claim 19 will be made final.

4. If the examiner does make the rejection of claim 19 final, Apple can appeal to a three-person board of senior USPTO officials, nearly all of whom will be long-time patent examiners. If the board affirms the rejection, Apple can appeal to the courts.

5. On the merits, it's helpful to think of claim 19 as an infringement checklist: For that claim to be infringed, every element recited in that claim must be present in the accused product or process [1].

(Infringement analysis treats each patent claim as a multi-part AND statement [2]; the statement must return TRUE for infringement to exist.)

6. Claim 19 was rejected as being "anticipated." This means that in the examiner's view, every single element of claim 19 can be found in a single prior-art reference --- in this case a patent publication by Lira, and, separately, a patent issued to Ording --- and therefore the claim is unpatentable under 35 USC 102 [3].

(If claim 19 is thought of as an AND statement, then in the examiner's view, the AND statement returns TRUE when applied to the Lira reference, and also when applied to the Ording patent [4], and therefore claim 19 is unpatentable.)

7. Perhaps importantly, the examiner's rejections over Lira and Ording were made under subsection (b) of 35 USC 102; that is, the "effective dates" of these two prior-art references were more than one year before the effective filing date of the Apple patent in question. This means that Apple won't be able to try to "swear behind" the references, that is, prove that its invention was invented before the effective dates of the Lira and Ording references [5].


[1] Infringement of a claim can exist even if one or more claim elements are not literally present, as long as the accused product or process has a substantial equivalent of the missing element(s). Note: The doctrine of equivalents is tricky to assert, to prove, and to defend against. See generally http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctrine_of_equivalents.

[2] See generally http://www.oncontracts.com/how-patent-claims-work-a-variety-...

[3] http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/35/102.

[4] See generally http://www.oncontracts.com/patent-validity-the-claims-and-st...

[5] See http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/s715.html --- scroll down to part II.A.

So can Apple now sue the USPTO because they successfully defended it in court costing millions of dollars and now a YEAR later the USPTO invalidates it? I hope so.

If they can (and do) I fear that this will discourage the USPTO from invalidating any other patent review cases for fear of being sued out the yang.

If there is a plus side, this may affect the passability of future patent requests but I figure this will be less likely to occur and more likely that the USPTO will simply stop invalidating patent review cases. For the good of the country (world) I hope I'm wrong.


I really doubt it.


Also, appeals haven't even been heard. This is far from over. Apple hasn't won until appeals are exhausted.

So, one of the patents that was claimed to invalidate this patent is another patent from Apple; does that patent not have any of the same ramifications? (I guess the key claim was #19, and that was also invalidated by the other prior patent?)

> ...U.S. Patent No. 7,786,975 on a "continuous scrolling list with acceleration," with named inventors Bas Ording, Scott Forstall, Greg Christie, Stephen O. Lemay and Imran Chaudhri.

Assignee: Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA) Filed: December 23, 2005

Why should the courts let them have another bite at the apple, though? Apple ought to have known that one of their patents was likely to invalidate the one they'd sued over because they wrote and filed both of them. In fact, in a sensible world the courts ought to take a closer look at why they were trying to patent something for which they themselves had prior art.

This is seriously good news for everyone. What this means to me as a start-up guy is that I can tomorrow start a phone company based on an Open Source OS like Android and still not worry about getting sued for trivial BS patents like these. I hope more of such patents are invalidated.

The patent is still being "prosecuted" by the USPTO. The actions aren't final on this patent yet.

Thanks, the title is kind of misleading then.

What if when prior art was found for a patent, the real inventor got the patent, free, starting from the date of the invention, not the filing. This would both reward and protect the innovator and punish the copy cat.

NOTE: Let us assume a patent is not obvious and too general, which many seem to be.

Today was a good day.

It seems like maybe they should have looked at this before when the issued the patent, or maybe just maybe before they Apple Vs. Samsung lawsuit about this patent….

They should invalidate all patents which are "obvious", let everybody move on to making great products and not waste all those resources in the courtrooms.


That doesn't sound like a sure thing to me.

Indeed. And until it gets overturned completely, you'll still need a team of lawyers ten times the size of your engineering department before you are allowed to innovate.

At least if you operate within US borders. Guess how sexy that is looking these days?

(1 billion dollar sexy, if anyone was wondering)

The original blog post that broke the story is here: http://www.fosspatents.com/2012/10/patent-office-tentatively...

I should have been a lawyer.

Good news for Android scrolling if this sticks. This is probably whats keeping Google from implementing the "glass tilt" effect from the stock 4.0/4.1 home screen system wide.

The rubber band effect makes touch scrolling work. The user knows when they've reached the end. And Apple seems to do this thing where you can zoom out and make whatever really small showing you the boundaries that Android doesn't seem to do. Android can definitely benefit from emulating apple in the scrolling/zooming regard.

I actually prefer Android's current overscroll effect.

Yup. I always found the rubber banding to be kind of an odd way to indicate the end of a scrolling area. The problem is that instead of something indicating unambiguously the end of a view, the movement continues to happen momentarily as if there was more to come and only gradually stops. Users end up not knowing if they botched their finger gesture or if they are actually at a boundary. Even as an experienced user, I sometimes retry pulling a few times to confirm there's nothing more.

This is exactly what I dislike about it. Ironically, it makes it more difficult to realize there is no more content.

Or they could just do their own thing.

I'd argue that Apple is the one needing to do its own thing now. Their patent is being invalidated, that means that what they though it was original is not.

The prior art is also an Apple patent. The judge found that there was no "inventive step" between the prior patent and the new one. That doesn't mean Apple didn't "do its own thing", just that its incremental improvement was not worthy of a new patent.

Oh yes, i read that now. I (kinda) apologize to the parent post.

The glass tilt I'm referring to is distinctive from the iOS bounce, yet it seems they're still erring on the side of caution.

bad for the consumer

It seems like maybe they should have looked at this before when the issued the patent, or maybe just maybe before the Apple Vs. Samsung lawsuit about this patent….

Sad. This is not a generic patent. It only seemed obvious now. Its not something that will stop innovation (as people scream about). A scrollbar implemented without rubber-band effect will do just fine. And why was this never implemented before anyways.

There is all this hype that "Apple is Bad because they sued Samsung". But considering everything, they had no other choice legally. They had to make a case on some grounds, and these 5-6 patents were the only patents they can sue on. What would've you done to protect ideas you spent years refining?

> But considering everything, they had no other choice legally.

Patents are not Trademarks. Patents are valid and legal even if you don't enforce them (where trademarks become invalid if you don't enforce them).

So no, they did have a choice. In fact, they had 3:

1. They could have not gotten the patent at all. This could open them up to legal liability if someone else got it and sued them.

2. They could have kept it for defensive purposes only. Using it if they were sued for patent abuse (and to prevent others from suing on this idea).

3. They could use it offensively.

They chose #3. So yes, they did have a choice.

Additionally, I love your choice of words for the final sentence:

> What would've you done to protect ideas you spent years refining?

I think it hits the key point. They didn't invent the vast majority of what they are suing over. They just refined it. They didn't invent multi-touch, they just polished it. Now, whether that polish is worth a patent is one thing, but the concept is not.

And that's the absurdity of it all. This is not about protecting invention. This is not about protecting innovation. It's about protecting market position.

And if there's a clearer abuse of the patent system than this, I'd love to see it...

There's actually an option 4: publish the invention but don't patent it, so that you have a strong claim of prior art if someone tries to sue you after patenting it themselves.

Thanks for clearing things up. What I am trying to say is, they had no other choice to send the message across that stop ripping off apple products. The patent they sued samsung over can be considered silly but what choice they had? I bet if this verdict was not given, next galaxy series would've been like iPhone 5. It was not about money, it was more about market position because what samsung was basically doing was placing ripped off versions of apple products in market. And i don't think this is a generic patent.

and this is what I call abuse of system. Just look at the patents mentioned in the link. Something that paul or its company was not even remotely associated. http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/27/microsoft-co-founder-paul...

> The patent they sued samsung over can be considered silly but what choice they had? I bet if this verdict was not given, next galaxy series would've been like iPhone 5.

You mean the way that iOS 3, 4, 5 and 6 have stolen things from Android? Hell, the Book position sync thing that they introduced today copies from Android (and likely the Kindle).

Stop it with the FUD about this. The two phones are rectangular with rounded corners. Since when is that protected design? Look at the automobile market. Models are not distinguished by a generic look and feel, but by very very specific design details. None of which were copied between the devices.

Show me ONE major Apple feature that wasn't copied from someone else. The entire product is a culmination of ideas and innovation from others. Multi-touch? Done before. Large screen? Done. Icons? Done. Multi-Tasking? Don't even kid yourself. Notifications? Really?

What they did, and where their value is, is not in the concepts or innovation. It's in the level of polish that they apply. That's their competitive advantage.

And their legal battles are proof that they cannot compete on any other front other than polish. And since Android has been making leaps and bounds of improvements over the years, it's been threatening Apple's competitive advantage. And that's why Apple is suing.

It's the ultimate instance of the pot calling the kettle black.

There is no end to this debate. We both can write tons of explaination about each platform, but it doesn't matter. Both companies are here to make profits and they resolve their legal disputes like this. There is no other way.

And about this very article, it is just not correct. Invalidating patents take years. Article like this surface the internet just before any big apple event.

The affect is simply mimicking the physical world. Think slot machines and wheel of fortune type games of chance, which have similar user interfaces and exhibit this same behavior.

Bingo. Apple is essentially the world's most successful design company.

Because they've done it electronically, they've unfortunately been granted patents to design principles that are quite ancient. If this is allowed it sets a bad precedent.

Years refining this overscroll effect?

No. But the design of their products. If you followed the trial, they told the entire process on how they reached the final design of iPhone. It took them years to make it perfect. Taking inspiration is different, and we all know what samsung did for staying in market. LEGALLY, apple had no choice but to take these silly looking patent to the courtroom. Now is the time when we will see real innovation.

I don't know why people build so much of hate for big corporates. Samsung is no different. If you see number of patents Samsung holds, you will be stunned. And most of them are something they never even implemented in their software remotely.

Well that's not what we're talking about here. This is a thing too simple for a patent.

I could probably see many things in iOS/the iPhone worth patenting, but this is not one of them.

I'm not against Apple, I'm against ALL useless patents like this and probably many of Samsungs'.

I don't begrudge having patent nukes for deterrence purposes. I begrudge using them offensively.

So basically, apple falls in latter. Right?

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